Final Attempts Fail in Lady Raider Loss

Tech had a couple of chances to win the game against Kansas State on Saturday, but couldn't get the shot to fall.

A lackluster first half led to the no. 10 Lady Raiders' second consecutive loss—their first at home in 2011-2012.

Additionally, the Lady Raiders shot only 9-for-17 from the charity stripe.

Kierra Mallard led Texas Tech with 18 points on 8-14 shooting and 1-1 from three point range. Jalana Childs scored a game-high 23 points for Kansas State, and scored seven of the team's final nine points while erasing Tech's 58-53 lead.

Texas Tech started well, taking an early 9-6 lead before the first media timeout. At that point, the Lady Raiders were 4-4 from the field, including 1-1 from three.  The rest of the half was a different story. K-State outscored the Lady Raiders 31-18 to take a 37-27 lead at the half.

Tech started the second half on fire. Kasey Morris nailed back-to-back threes to cut the K-State lead to four at 35-39 and there was a noticeable difference in intensity to start the second stanza.  From that point forward, the Lady Raiders went on an 8-4 run to knot the game at 43 with 13:16 remaining.  K-State charged back and took a 47-43 lead before a Jordan Barncastle 3-pointer and a steal and Layup by Mallard gave the Lady Raiders a 48-47 lead with 11 minutes left.

Tech built a 58-53 lead but K-State climbed back in it with timely steals and solid post play by Jalana Childs. Tech Led 61-58 but a turnover by Mallard with 2;29 remaining seemed to deflate the Lady Raiders. K-State would score on the next possession to cut the Tech lead to one at 61-60.

Free throws by Childs gave K-State a 62-61 lead with 1:43 remaining. A turnover by K-State's Branshea Brown gave the Lady Raiders one more possession with 26 seconds left. Kristy Curry called a timeout with 18 seconds remaining to set up a play.

Mallard had three chances to score down low but was denied each time. The possession arrow favored the Lady Raiders on a tie ball with six seconds remaining but a missed jumper from Monique Smalls ended the game and an elated K-State bunch stormed the court as the final horn sounded.

Texas Tech hosts No. 1 Baylor Wednesday night and will travel to Iowa State for a 2 p.m. game next Sunday.

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